5 Best Shade Trees for Texas

Pecan trees providing shade in Texas during the hot summer months.

Trying to find the perfect trees to plant in your yard can be stressful. There are so many different types to choose from. It is important to think about the climate in which you live when picking your trees. Texas is warm much of the year, and there is nothing like finding a big, beautiful tree to seek shade under during the scorching summer months.

Here are five shade trees to consider planting in your yard this coming spring to leave a canopy of protection from the hot Texas weather.

1.Live Oak

Live Oaks are native from the Gulf Coast north, almost to the Red River. They grow to be 35 or 40 feet tall and 75 or more feet wide. These trees are the most revered shade trees in Texas, and there are some still lingering around at the ages of 500 to 1,000 years old!

2.Bur Oak

A Bur Oak tree makes a bold statement. They have huge leaves, acorns, and a coarse-textured bark. They are native to Texas and can adapt to cold and extreme heat. Bur Oaks have a long taproot which makes them drought-tolerant, and they thrive well with small amounts of water.

3.Cedar Elm

Cedar Elms are widespread throughout East, South, and Central Texas. They can grow in various types of soils and reach 50 feet tall and 40 feet wide. Cedar Elms have small, dark green leaves in the summer months that turn a lovely yellow during the fall. They are drought tolerant and cast a nice shade to fight off the Texas heat.

4.Bald Cypress

 A Bald Cypress tree can survive in a hot, dry climate and wet areas like swamps. They are pyramid shaped providing shade and an elegant look to your yard. A Bald Cypress can grow roughly 50 to 70 feet in height. They are tough trees that can be counted on for several years.


Pecan trees are long-lasting and provide great shade during the warm summer months. They are the state tree of Texas and grow 60 to 80 feet high. These trees are popular with wildlife and can bring a lot of cute creatures to your yard. There are several kinds of pecan trees, but the ones with the biggest and sweetest nuts are most popular.

Trees are necessary for a healthy environment and add extra beauty to your home landscape. If you want to vamp up your yard for the spring, choosing the right tree planting service is necessary. Forest Tree Service can help you decide on the best shade trees for your yard and design your dream landscape. Call (281)381-4125 to improve the look and feel of the exterior of your home.